Nairo Quintana: 'I let my guard down'

The Colombian was taking a water bottle as Chris Froome attacked on the Col de Peyresourde summit, and took the stage win and valuable time in GC

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Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) says his guard had dropped when Chris Froome (Sky) attacked after the top of the Col de Peyresourde this afternoon. Froome rode free solo on the final descent and gained 23 seconds at the finish in Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Quintana chased with teammate Alejandro Valverde, Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in the white jersey and other favourites on the 15.5-kilometre descent. They pulled the gap from 23 to 13 seconds at the finish. Froome, though, with the stage win earned 10 bonus seconds and the yellow jersey.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.